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Fun spot in Claremont/ Ontario area?

Hey, everybody!
Sorry about the lengthy post in advance. I 'm afraid I have a pretty specific question. Searching already, I've come up with very few ideas.
I'm going out with friends for dinner saturday night and we've decided that meeting somewhere in the middle would be better than choosing one of our own neighborhoods. This would put us in the Pomona/ Ontario/ Chino Hills kind of area. But we don't know anything about good places there!
We're in our late 20s/early 30s and would like to go somewhere fun and relatively inexpensive. I know it is unlikely that we'd find a happy hour situation on a saturday but a place that has "specials" would be awesome. The only real requirement: there must be a full bar (we're admittedly drinkers).
But we are totally and completely open to style of food served. In fact, the MORE exotic the better. We love tapas, japanese, authentic (read:buche) mexican food, etc. Obviously, generic chain bar/grill places aren't really our scene.
To be honest, it would also be nice to have an atmosphere where it would be easy to mingle and meet new people. We're pretty social.
This is all way too much to ask- I know. But I have faith that if there were a solution to be found, my fellow CH'ers will be the ones to identify it!
Besides, I'd love to be the one in my group to get credit for finding the new place with GREAT food (laughing)
Thanks everyone- any suggestions are appreciated!!! have a great weekend, everyone.

Mar 28, 2009
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

Flaky Flix in LA?

Well, it looks as though I have some big scouting to do!!! Thanks, everybody!!! This is great info!!

Nov 10, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

Looking for a good restaurant with dancing

There is a cuban bistro on main in alhambra. I have eaten there before and the food and drinks are good. I have also heard that they have some dancing at night, but I'll need a fellow chowhound to confirm...? The vibe in there is fun fun fun.

Nov 03, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants you love that are rarely mentioned on Chowhound

This is such a great question! And I've really enjoyed reading the responses. Some good new ideas.
I am afraid my response will be unpopular, but my choice would be chez melange in RB. I've seen it pop up only rarely on this board, and even when it is mentioned, it is usually accompanied by some pretty harsh criticism. But I love that place and for me, going for dinner there is a treat that only comes around a few times a year (you know, the broke grad student story...). Service is always friendly and they've gone out of their way to make us feel welcome. They have consistently fresh food, my dad LOVES their meatloaf... I know it is easy to criticize restaurants on here but I have nothing but good things to say about the staff and the gentleman I see there all the time who I suspect is the owner...? He is so courteous and friendly. I'm at a loss to understand why people think the place is so outdated and ridiculously priced. I think it is yummy all around and reliable. I'd be proud to take any friend there for a meal.

Nov 02, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

What should I do with the rest of my canned pumpkin?

Mattkn! THANK YOU so much for passing this info along!
This will be my big holiday treat to myself and my friends this year. Kind of a goofy thing to be excited about, I know...

Oct 02, 2007
ilovegobo in Home Cooking

What should I do with the rest of my canned pumpkin?

I shouldn't admit this because it makes me sound so incredibly naiive, but I don't know anything about this pumpkin fluff dip. I have never seen a sweet dip provided for gingersnaps and fruit, but it sounds like fun. I'm baffled that I've never heard anything about this, but if you (or someone) could please give me some pointers about what to put in this stuff and what else you serve it with... that would be great!!! Thank you!!!

Oct 01, 2007
ilovegobo in Home Cooking

Jack Kerouac Dinner? What to serve!!

Aw. This dinner is such a great idea. I wish my friends had thought of it.

Sep 05, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

Bizarre Foods - Spain

Wow- I really do see it differently, ClaireWalter. I do appreciate your perspective on the shock jock thing, but I think that to be that passionate about this stuff, one must genuinely love it. I mean, I see a lot of pre-fab personalities on tv who seem to be doing it for attention but he doesn't strike me that way. And I know that many people wouldn't go near this stuff, but being a fellow adventerous eater, I watch that show and my mouth just WATERS. Of course, to tag along to other posts on here, I do think the globalization of packaged "American" fast food is a plague precisely because it does discourage people (especially children) to think outside the box when they eat. If I ever have kids, I want them to WANT to see what an insect tastes like. Maybe I'll discourage them from putting some things from the backyard in their mouths (ha) but I think it is better to live that way than it is to hide under the "safety" (and flat out conformity) that the United States has given to the rest of the world in the garbage it exports and calls food. Bizarre Foods doesn't strike me as the star vehicle that some of the Food Network shows market themselves to be, and maybe that is why I find the host more genuine. He fills a slot that really didn't exist in mainstream tv before, and I'm grateful to him for bringing this level of excitement to cable! I'll take him over the more common media hounds (I'll refrain from naming names) anytime. He seems like a man who thrives in his relative anonymity, though I'll admit I've certainly never met him, or anyone who has... Not that I wouldn't love to....

Sep 05, 2007
ilovegobo in Food Media & News

Bizarre Foods - Spain

Oh, gosh! I'm so jealous! Have a fabulous time and please do come back and post all about it. I'd love to hear about the trip- especially if you are following his recommendations. He's a riot and I'd just love to go travel and base the trips on wacky food.

Sep 05, 2007
ilovegobo in Food Media & News

Sriracha Chili Sauce Condiment or Crack?!

Gosh, I never even thought about that! Interesting.
Sriracha really is the wonder food.
I got into an argument once years ago with someone who insisted it was only a condiment. I felt that sold it way, way short.

Sep 05, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

Flaky Flix in LA?

Hijack away. :) That's what the board is here for.
Unfortunately, I don't remember Yum Yums. Good luck with your search, though!

Sep 05, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

The perfect ice cream sundae

Haven't ever been there, but I'll look into it. Thanks for the tip!

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

Bizarre Foods - Spain

Hey, Josh. I live in Los Angeles. You are referring to Tijuana Mexico, I assume? That is great news. Sounds so good!!!! And not out of reach of a day trip. Thanks for the tip.

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in Food Media & News

Flaky Flix in LA?

Aw. It is good to know I'm not the only one who has been missing these guys. You are absolutely not crazy! I'm with ya...
And if you ever find anything that even approximates Flaky Flix, please let me know. Those goofy generic fudge layer cookies that they are trying to pass off as a substitute in stores are kind of ridiculous. I had a grocery clerk try to tell me that these were the same things as Flaky Flix! That is just silly talk in my book. :)

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

Bizarre Foods - Spain

My dream vacation would involve him leading me around the world and picking out the food as we go. I love that show, and I gobbled up the Spain episode. He is a trip. And he is clearly a man who genuinely loves food- the cut on his lip was sure evidence of that! Oh, and the HAM. The HAM. Wouldn't it be wonderful to get to try that kind of quality? Spain sounds like heaven. He's a hoot. I'd love to meet that guy.

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in Food Media & News

Flaky Flix in LA?

Hey, fellow chowhounds!
I am pretty sure this is a lost cause, but it is worth one last shot.
From what I've gathered, based on searching online, the Mother's Cookie Company has either gone under, been bought out, or has somehow changed in a way I don't understand. But that isn't really the point.
The thing that pains me about this is that they used to have a product called "Flaky Flix" and no matter where I search in Los Angeles, I simply cannot find these things. These were a special kind of cookie- light, flaky and sinfully sweet. I think they are just out of production, but if ANYONE knows of a place where they are still being sold in the Southern California area, PLEASE share the info!!! I'm begging you! I'd be thrilled to get my hands on a remaining box of these bad boys! Thank you!!!

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

What's your crazy and fun ethnic snack? [moved from Manhattan board]

1. Buche tacos from any authentic stand
2. Vietnamese meatloaf baguette sandwiches- with plenty of pate, butter and cilantro
3. Gobo! (hence the name!) Aka: burdock root- excellent on salads or as a potent little treat on its own.
None of these are likely to be found in the same place, but all are worth the effort.

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

What's your crazy and fun ethnic snack? [moved from Manhattan board]

Yay for gefilte fish!!! I look forward to Passover all year long!

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

The perfect ice cream sundae

One scoop lemon custard ice cream. One scoop peppermint ice cream. Covered with marshmallow sauce, whipped cream, chopped nuts and at least one cherry. All courtesy of Fosselman's in southern California. Mmmmm.

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

Sriracha Chili Sauce Condiment or Crack?!

I thought I was the only one!!!
Of course, in addition to sushi (and everything else), I found that it worked particularly well on Stoned Wheat Thins.
In fact, I spent about a year when I first discovered the sauce putting it on those crackers for DINNER many nights when I would get home from work late. This concoction would be washed down with scotch and soda. Maybe not a healthy dinner, but an awfully tasty one! Thank goodness for this stuff. Sauce from the heavens, I tell you.

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in General Topics

24-hour food

Yes, I know that in some threads, Canter's has gotten poor reviews. But I haven't found another 24 hour place that satisfies- especially after being out drinking or partying for an evening and looking for some *real*, yummy food. Canter's is an institution in itself and I hope that my grandkids will have the luxury of the same place to hang out in the wee hours that I have had. I love Canter's- and if you haven't been, then you don't need to wait for some 24-hour list. It is good anytime of day or night in my book!

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

Moroccan Cuisine - Recommendations

Mmmmm. Thinking about Babouch makes my mouth water!!!!!!!

Sep 04, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

Coming to LA/Pasadena (mainly Pasadena), could use some recs

I "third" Fosselmans. Absolutely the best treat in this entire area. We are so lucky to have it! I spent my younger days as an ice cream scoop girl in another, unrelated store- and gained about 5 pounds when I started that job. However, I know that if I had worked at Fosselmans, that number would be more like 20! That place is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! I still haven't tried all the flavors- but I'm working on it! Truly great quality ice cream. There is also, of course, really something to be said for supporting local, family oriented places. Fosselmans represents everything that is good about living in such a warm, sunny climate.

Aug 26, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

Red Lion Tavern

In my world, heaven equals sitting down with a group of friends at Red Lion and downing beer and leberwurst. The place is often a bit loud for me, but what a wonderful treat to get such hearty food in health-conscious Los Angeles! Mmmm.

Aug 26, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

Monterey Park Suggestions for Lunch

There are so many good restaurants in this area- which is why I would suggest you cross Angelena's off your list. We had a very disappointing experience there and I would not recommend it. If you are going to be on Main Street anyway, I know it is a cliche but the "Diner on Main" has never failed me. Always good food, friendly service... It is only a regular old diner, admittedly- and nothing super spectacular- but there is a reason why us locals go there all the time. Yummy! I've brought so many different people there and smiles abound each time! Also, I've had some pretty decent food at Crane Sushi, which is another Main Street eatery. The "hot pot" there has a good bite to it, and the fish is usually pretty fresh. Don't let the unappealing grotto in the entrance of the restaurant turn you away- the food is not bad.

Aug 26, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area

overrated/over hyped?

I know this will be unpopular, but I will NEVER understand the appeal of In-N-Out. These are decent hamburgers but are by no means better than many other places here in LA. Somehow this joint has become an icon of the city, and I'm at a loss to understand it. If we were talking about a regular fast food restaurant, I'd sing a different tune. But anywhere that requires a 20 minute wait just to get to the drive thru window- that is no normal "fast" food place. I have lost a good part of my adult life sitting in the drive thru line waiting for my companions over the years to get what is essentially boring, generic food. I'll be happy to never go near another one of those lines, thanks. Just NOT worth it! I'll take a real thick hamburger anytime over that bland nonsense. Those super-vocal die-hard In-N-Out fans could use some quality juicy red meat in their lives! Beef is so GOOD when it has flavor!!!

Aug 18, 2007
ilovegobo in Los Angeles Area